Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil & Sead Kolasinac ‘100%’ ready to play




Arsenal manager Unai Emery is “100%” confident Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are mentally ready to play against Burnley on Saturday. The pair were left out of the Gunners’ season-opening win over Newcastle because of “further security fears” after being involved in a carjacking attempt by an armed gang in July. Midfielder Ozil and left-back Kolasinac have now returned to training.

“It’s good news for us because they can help us in matches,” Emery said. “My focus is to be positive and focus on making sure the players are 100% in their minds here. “I want to help them to be with us, back to normal training, thinking about football. Above all, I want them to be able to focus on each training session and each match.

“They came back to training with us on Tuesday. I think each session gives us good information and good different options with them also to take the decision if they’re going to be with us on Saturday or be in the first XI. But we are going to wait until tomorrow, our last training session.”

Asked if he was pleased that Ozil, 30, and 25-year-old Kolasinac were now back training Emery added: “Am I pleased that they’re back? Of course. For us, for me, first they’re a person and second they’re a player.”

Ferhat Ercan, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, of Tottenham, were arrested on 8 August outside the north London home of Ozil, and have since been charged with a public order offence. The pair, both 27, are due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 6 September. Police said they were treating the public order offence and the attempted car-jacking as separate incidents.

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